Our Tests


Also known as: Del(5q) FISH

« Back to test list


Chromosomal abnormalities resulting in deletion at 5q or monosomy 5 can occur in both acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Genes in the deleted region include NPM1, APC and CTNNA1. Deletions at 5q are also relatively common in therapy-related AML/MDS. These abnormalities can have diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic implications.

Clinical Utility

In patients with MDS, deletion of 5q (as the sole cytogenetic abnormality) is associated with a favourable prognosis. Deletion of 5q is also associated with response to lenalidomide therapy.

In patients with AML, deletion of 5q usually occurs as part of a complex karyotype, and prognosis is relatively poor.

This is an assay for non-heritable mutations. It does not raise issues of ethics or consent that are different from most other investigations ordered in the routine care of a patient.

Test Method

Fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH) analysis, using probes within the region of 5q commonly deleted in AML/MDS.

Test Ordering

This test is usually requested by a haematologist or oncologist.

0.5 mL bone marrow in transport media (or 10 mL blood in lithium heparin if blasts>10%).

To help ensure the quality of the test, a genetic test should be done with a dedicated sample whenever possible i.e. a sample collected specifically for that test rather than a sample that is used for multiple tests.

We also recommend that the patient or another adult check the labelling of request forms and sample tubes.


$205 - $255

The price varies according to the specific clinical conditions for a particular patient. Please contact Sonic Genetics on 1800 010 447 for more information.

Medicare Rebate

This test is not rebated by Medicare. The laboratory assumes that the patient or client has provided informed financial consent for the test.

Turnaround Time

2 working days

For Doctors